Adjectives: -ed | -ing

Questions
Overview

Some adjectives can have an -ed or -ing ending.

Adjectives ending in -ed describe the state of people:

  • I am excited about the trip at the weekend.
  • These children are very talented.

Adjectives ending in -ing describe the way something makes people feel.

  • I read an interesting article about the political situation in South America.
  • This homework is very confusing.
Further learning
Description Author Language
Some examples of how to use annoy, bore, interest and tire as adjectives. TeacherIHaveAQuestio
Quick summary of when to use -ed and -ing adjectives. Lyod's English
When to use 'bored' and 'boring'. BBC Learning